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  1. "The Center Cities need to come down." -Le Corbusier
  2. Don't forget about existing underutilized space, including 2 and 3 bedroom single family houses in the inner ring suburbs and outer suburbs that have only 1 or 2 people in them.
  3. For comparison, when the GM plant in Norwood closed in 1987, about 4200 workers were laid off at once.
  4. The 1913 flood led to the Miami Conservancy District, a political division of the State of Ohio, which built 5 large normally-dry reservoirs on the Great Miami River above Dayton, and also widened and straightened the river in several places. The river in downtown Dayton and just below Hamilton is not natural at all; it was built that way artificially. The Miami Conservancy District was used as a model for other flood control works across the country, including those built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Mill Creek Barrier Dam and flood control works in Cincinnati were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which was too late for construction before the 1937 flood. Those works were built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. You are correct that they were not completed until about 1948. The 1913 flood was the highest flood on record for many of the rivers in Ohio such as the Great Miami, Scioto, etc., but not the Ohio River. The Ohio River reached its highest recorded stage in 1937.
  5. The 1913 Flood, which hit Dayton particularly hard but really affected the whole Midwest and parts of the east coast, was the event which resulted in some of these flood control works.
  6. There is a new bike path under construction parallel to MLK between Cilfton Avenue and Central Parkway. It's not open yet, but it's built. It crosses Dixmuth Avenue and a driveway or two, but has very few crossings. It negotiates the hill at Central Parkway with a pair of hairpin turns. The other side of MLK has a sidewalk. I'm interested to see how this turns out.
  7. Politics aside, the practical improvement in my opinion is to close the I-75 Covington Ramps and improve access from I-75 to the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge on the Ohio side, making the Clay Wade bridge serve as a long ramp to Covingron. If there is to be a toll plaza on I-75, it should be at the top of the hill near Kyles Lane, because there is room there and because it is at the top of the hill.
  8. "If you want to make enemies, try to change something." - Woodrow Wilson
  9. ^In those days that Keller's did well, the Mitchel Avenue Kroger hadn't been built yet and the Corryville Kroger hadn't been remodeled. Clifton Natural Foods is still on Ludlow but you can't buy a gallon of regular cow's milk there.
  10. Lately I've been driving a vehicle that automatically shuts off the internal combustion engine at stops. It's not my car, and I don't know how it works, but it seems like a conventional car with a feature that stops and starts the engine automatically, while keeping all of the accessories such as the radio, A/C, etc, in operation. So, pure-electric cars now have to compete with hybrids as well as high-efficiency conventional cars.
  11. How much fuel did they use to get there? :|
  12. ^"Four times as many Republicans as Democrats have mud rooms in their houses!" Well Duh, that's because more Republicans than Democrats have farming or construction jobs. :-)
  13. 11 years later: "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" is a new movie about Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. It's playing at the Esquire in Cincinnati.
  14. The United States is 46% Protestant, per Wikipedia.
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